Comedian John Oliver, "senior political analyst" for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, slammed U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, for the redrawing of his 6th Congressional District in 2010, which effectively pushed out black voters and turned him into a "super incumbent" and "electoral X-Man," in Oliver's words.
In an Oct. 2 segment explaining why some U.S. Representatives are actually gaining political traction with the widely unpopular government shutdown that began Oct. 1, Oliver pointed out Louisiana's 6th District's white majority went from 64 percent to nearly 75 percent, while many blacks in the district were placed in U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond's 2nd District. Cassidy won reelection in 2012 with nearly 80 percent of the vote.
"He pays no price electorally," Oliver said. "He could poison a basket of kittens in front of another basket of kittens ... and he'd be fine."
An email to Cassidy's office seeking comment was not returned by press time. — ALEX WOODWARD